Ben Stokes trial: England cricketer told 'shut up or I'll bottle you'


Ben Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a late night street fight in Bristol that left one man with serious facial injuries including a broken eye socket and deep cut to his face, a court heard.

He also mentioned that the two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, who are standing trial also accused of affray along with Stokes - left the club and accompanied O'Connor and Barry.

"I asked him (Stokes), "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said.

CCTV footage has been released allegedly showing England cricketer Ben Stokes flicking a cigarette butt at two gay men.

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day global in the city.

When she told him to leave Mr. Stokes, who had been placed in a police van, the court heard that Mr. Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham; Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol; and Hale, of Burghill Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, each deny a joint charge of affray. "Although I can't remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali".

"As I was on my own, when I separated two of them more people carried on behind me".

"He had a conversation with his friend and he said "300 get us in" and I still told them no".

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"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said.

"I grappled with the second guy, in the course of that I can recall hitting him a few times.

I got a little frightened so closed the window and went back to bed".

Mr. Stokes, in a written statement given to police after he had been arrested, said he had acted in self-defence when punching Mr. Ali and Mr.

Cunningham said Stokes began to abuse him after he refused them entry.

"I am clear that I felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".

The prosecution has described Barry and O'Connor as two "flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay" regulars at Mbargo.

Bristol Crown Court heard he was "squaring up" to other men before he was cuffed.